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Context Update - 8/9/2000

Context Update

8th September 2000

Conflict Zones:

Sierra Leone

The West Side boys want the same deal that Sierra Leone's former military ruler, Valentine Strasser got for an overseas education

In the meantime Britain has 150 paratroopers as a "contingency measure"

A senior RAF officer has been advising mercenaries who have Sandline connections, fly helicopter gunships and are funded by international diamond companies

Q&A: Sierra Leone's troubles

East Timor

Ban Arms Sales to Indonesia Unless Timor Militias Stopped

U.N. Workers Evacuated After 3 Killed in Western Timor

OXFAM, Oz on the anniversary

The Solomons

A forgotten conflict, AI report

Moluccas - Moluku

Photo Gallery Moluku

An extensive profile


Human Rights Watch today called on Indonesian authorities to step up efforts to find a missing human rights activist, Jafar Siddiq Hamzah

General News:

Australia to reduce its commitments to UN human rights treaty bodies

World Affairs:

Ignored and undermined, its treaties unratified, its fees unpaid, the sometime saviour of the world has sunk toward irrelevance

Koffi Annan on the role of the United Nations in the 21st century

Is much of the world is tuning Washington out at the Millenium summit?

The Washington Post on the Vatican report

UK Independent on the Vatican report

How much more clearly can God speak?

That Vatican report itself

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology:

Faster than you can say Roundup Ultra, Monsanto's new owners have finalized plans to start selling the St. Louis seed and chemical giant.

Eleven members of the USDA's Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology want to pull the plug on government involvement in Terminator technology.

GM field 'damaged to attract publicity' to protest

Panel will call for $3.2 billion in biological defense


Countries that are stress energy efficiency and less vulnerable to high oil prices

Editor Phil Doherty

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